Please note that this module was available
from 2012 to 2013, but has since been
withdrawn and is no longer available
Tutor: Dr Ben Smith
This undergraduate final-year Special Subject module examines the rhythms of revolution, counter-revolution, and U.S. containment in Latin America during the twentieth century. From the Mexican uprising of 1910s, through the Guatemalan Coup of 1954 to the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and beyond, Latin America has experienced successive cycles of social discontent, radical mobilization, and repression. At the same time, the United States has become increasingly involved in channeling, containing, and if necessary, decapitating Latin America’s left wing groups by funding coups, training national militaries, and supplying right-wing death squads. Moving beyond tired Cold War justifications and national narratives of revolutionary emancipation, this module focuses on the links between the continent’s left and right wing groups, observing how political ideologies, languages, and tactics radiated out and were redeployed across the region. At the same time, students will also be asked to examine, analyze and weigh up how international factors played into the continent’s increasingly violent social conflicts. At the same time, students will asked to look at the links between memory, state mythology and these rapid changes in state governance.